This is the first in a 3-part series of blogs exploring how 42Crunch assists enterprises with API security compliance.
Shift Left for Greater Compliance
In her seminal blogpost, “Shifting Security to the Left” Shannon Lietz explains how including security testing earlier into the development lifecycle makes for longer-lived and more resilient software. Shannon points out that with security requirements represented earlier in the software development process, it effectively makes enforcement and compliance part of the Continuous Delivery pipeline. The principles she advocates for are also what guides us at 42Crunch as we enable almost one million API developers with our API security testing tools to test the functionality of their APIs as they code.
Remediate Before Deployment
One of the core problems cited with API behavior monitoring and discovery tools is their inability to take remediative action to fix the root cause of an API vulnerability. In contrast, leveraging 42Crunch’s testing capabilities, developers and security teams are able to identify and fix any issues on the fly during the design and development stages from within the IDE and CI/CD pipelines. Our API security testing tools identify security issues early and offer developers remediation advice during the development stage so that when they hand an API over to security teams they are already compliant with the mandated security policies.
Governance Direct from the CI/CD Pipeline
By introducing security early into the lifecycle we make enforcement and compliance a function within the CI/CD pipeline. No longer does security have to wait until after the API has been deployed downstream to identify vulnerabilities or worry about rogue APIs being deployed. With the 42Crunch API security platform, security teams get full visibility of the entire API portfolio, including audit grades, usage, blocked attacks, and potential vulnerabilities.